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Library DIY: Where to Search

Find how to locate a book, eBook, and articles, evaluate and cite sources, and access library services.

I Am Not Sure Where To Search

Deciding Where to Search 
Does your assignment recommend certain source types (e.g. peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, data, books, videos)? Depending on the topic, you might look for books, articles, media coverage, or other online sources. If your topic is very current, there may not be many books or scholarly articles because scholarly works can have a long publication process.

 

Who has written on/discussed your topic? 
A topic like "race relations in prisons" might be explored by scholars in sociology, law, criminal justice, public policy, psychology, or ethnic studies. Use the databases and other library resources recommended in the Subject Guides to locate the subject databases you need. 

 

Locating Sources

Books: Search the library catalog or MOBIUS. For help finding books, visit Finding Books on Your Topic.

Articles: Academic Search Complete contains scholarly, popular, and professional journal articles from most disciplines. Or search most of our databases simultaneously on the library's homepage. These are often good places to start your research.

Subject-Specific Research: Browse the Subject Guides or Course Guides for more specialized resources. For more guidance look at Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles.

Primary Sources: See our guide to Finding Primary Sources

Newspaper Sources: Go to Finding Newspaper Articles.

Looking for data?  Owens Library provides access to databases that contain statistics. Or search Google for data on your topic. Search for "[your topic] statistics" or "[your topic] data."

Government Information: Go to Government Information


Still not sure where to search? Ask a Librarian!

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